My wife and I spent our honeymoon at Brisis Del Mar in Zihuatanejo. We can't say enough good about it. First of all, thanks to all of you who reviewed this hotel for this website. It was very helpful, and the main reason we picked Brisas. We weren't disappointed.
Most of what I have to say has already been said in previous reviews, but this is a very homey place to stay AND is very reasonably priced. The hotel has an authentic Mexican look and feel to it. The rooms are very clean, and almost all of them have a great view of the beach with a large balcony with two chaise lounges and a hammock. (We stayed in Room #10. For extra, you can also get a balcony with a jacuzzi.) The rooms are very spacious with large beds and bathroom. The mattress was very firm and sits on a concrete platform, which is in keeping with the decor of the room. It may feel a bit hard, but even a middle-aged guy like me got used to it by the second night.
The hotel sits right on the bay, along Playa La Madera. The beach is not as pretty as Playa La Ropa or Playa Las Gatas, but a short cab ride (or 20 minute walk) gets you to La Ropa or a water taxi can take you to Las Gatas, both of which I also recommend. But, we spent most of our time on La Madera. It is a much smaller beach, but very clean and quiet, especially during the week. Its other big advantage is that it is much, much closer to Zihuatanejo (a 10 minute walk, at most, along the beach) than from La Ropa. It makes it very easy to visit this lovely little town. We didn't go over to Ixtapa at all. We didn't feel any need to. Everything we wanted for this vacation was right there in Zihuatanejo or at Brisas del Mar.
We thought the food at the hotel was just fine. And the wait staff (Francisco, Edgar, Jesus, et al) was very, very friendly. You must try the Ensala de Jilomate y Queso de Cabra (salad with tomato w/ goat cheese). For the best ceviche, go just down the beach to MJ and Richie's, owned and managed by a very nice gentleman, Raphael. He also makes a great breakfast, but so does Brisas.
Another thing I would recommend is getting a massage from Lupita. I think it's 400 pesos (about $40) for an hour. Believe me, it's worth it!
But the very, very best thing I can recommend about Hotel Brisas is the staff. As foreigners, we want to feel welcome, and everyone at Brisas Del Mar makes you feel welcome, not in an obsequious way, but more like they are inviting you into their home. Our very special thanks to our very special friends: Lorena (the manager), Janet, Santiago, Alejandro, Francisco, and Zihuatanejo's best bartender, Federico. (Margaritas in the U.S. will taste like lemonade after you've had one of his.)
Will we stay there again? You bet! If you want a relaxing, hassle-free vacation that actually feels like you're in Mexico rather than a resort, Brisas Del Mar is the place to go.
Feel free to write me if you have questions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aura del Mar is a boutique-hotel in a Mexican fishing village, known for its hospitality and privacy. It's the perfect choice to get to know Zihuatanejo, relax and enjoy the sea. We offer a privileged location at the seashore in La Madera beach. Walking distance to downtown Zihua. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brisas Del Mar Zihuatanejo
- Hotel Brisas Del Mar